The New Orleans Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

New Orleans – also known as “The Big Easy” – is a city steeped in musical history. Notably, New Orleans is famous for being the birthplace of jazz music. As per New Orleans entertainment expert Ian McNulty, “Jazz is a byproduct of the unique cultural environment found in New Orleans at the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with the vestiges of French and Spanish colonial roots, the resilience of African influences after the slavery era and the influx of immigrants from Europe. The ways these cultures mingled, collided and evolved together in the Crescent City produced America’s most distinctive musical style.”

To celebrate the musical history of New Orleans, we’ve compiled a cocktail hour playlist featuring the musicians of New Orleans. Representative artists include Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Ellis Marsalis, Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The music shifts up tempo later in the session with selections by Dr. John, Ernie K-Doe and several zydeco acts, before cooling off with the lovely ballad “Do You What It Means to Miss New Orleans?”sung by Harry Connick, Jr.

For a signature cocktail, the potent Bourbon Street cocktail, the “Hurricane” has been selected. Sip it slowly!

Listen to the New Orleans Wedding Cocktail Hour on Spotify by clicking here.

The New Orleans Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Basin Street Blues – Sidney Bechet
  2. Gladiolus Rag – Roy Eaton (composed by Scott Joplin) (note: while ragtime music was born up the Mississippi River, we included it as representative of the Jazz Age and personal favorite!)
  3. When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong
  4. Just a Little While To Stay Here – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  5. Drop Me Off in New Orleans – Kermit Ruffins
  6. Bourbon Street Parade – Olympia Brass Band
  7. Mardi Gras in New Orleans – Professor Longhair
  8. Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed – Allen Toussaint
  9. On the Sunny Side of the Street – Allen Toussaint
  10. Charlie Brown – Ellis Marsalis
  11. Louisiana Sunday Afternoon – Diana Schuur
  12. Iko Iko – Dr. John
  13. Ya Ya – Lee Dorsey
  14. Mother in Law – Ernie K-Doe
  15. Give Him Cornbread – Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers
  16. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire – Buckwheat Zydeco
  17. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – Harry Connick, Jr.

Listen to the New Orleans Wedding Cocktail Hour on Spotify by clicking here.

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

  1. Alternative Rock Cocktail HourCraft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  2. The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail HourLong Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
  3. Good Vibes Cocktail HourPina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  4. Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail HourHairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
  5. Retro Soul Cocktail HourCiroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  6. Smooth Sail Cocktail HourMalibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
  7. Back to the Eighties Cocktail HourMidori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  8. Beach Themed Cocktail HourRed Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  9. Classic Wedding Cocktail HourTanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
  10. International Excursions Wedding Cocktail HourSangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  11. Country Wedding Cocktail HourManhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  12. Crooner Wedding Cocktail HourJack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  13. Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail HourWhite Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  14. TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail HourCoca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  15. Christmas Wedding Cocktail HourEggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  16. Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail HourRum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  17. Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail HourCiroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  18. James Bond Wedding Cocktail HourVesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  19. Valentines Wedding Cocktail HourGodiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  20. Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail HourCuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  21. The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail HourThe Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  22. The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail HourCaipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  23. The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail HourBoat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  24. The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  25. The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail HourSloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  26. The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail HourFunky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  27. The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail HourGimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  28. The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail HourMiller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  29. The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail HourBronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  30. The Disney Wedding Cocktail HourVibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  31. The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail HourJameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  32. The Colorful Wedding Cocktail HourShot of Goldschlager (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  33. The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail HourBrandy Alexander (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  34. The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail HourDeath in the Afternoon (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  35. The Surf’s Up Wedding Cocktail HourThe Italian Surfer (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  36. The 90s Grunge Rock Wedding Cocktail HourWhiskey Sour (Guest Bloggers Pash & David). Click here.
  37. The Nice and Easy Wedding Cocktail HourDirty Martini (DJ Greg Nice). Click here.
  38. The All Beatles Wedding Cocktail HourBass Ale (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  39. The Savannah Southern Charm Wedding Cocktail HourSweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Mojito (Guest blogger Cindy Brown). Click here.
  40. The All Cover Versions Wedding Cocktail HourTecate Beer (Team Ambient) . Click here.
  41. The Giants of Jazz Wedding Cocktail HourJazz Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  42. The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail HourKahlua & Cream (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  43. The Vintage Soul Wedding Cocktail HourOld-Fashioned (Guest Blogger DJ Ali Gruber) . Click here.
  44. The Acquired Taste Wedding Cocktail HourFernet Branca (Guest Blogger DJ Toad) . Click here.
  45. The Jamaican Love Song Wedding Cocktail HourThe Hummingbird (DJ Jazz) . Click here.
  46. The Motown Wedding Cocktail HourThe Last Word (DJ Spinz) . Click here.
  47. The Broadway Wedding Cocktail HourThe Fuzzy Greyhound (Guest bloggers Kris & Wesley) . Click here.
  48. The 50 Shades of Grey Wedding Cocktail HourBottle of 1999 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose . Click here.
  49. The Hip Hop Wedding Cocktail HourBottle of Cristal Champagne (DJ Iron Mike) . Click here.
  50. The Tropical Tradewinds Wedding Cocktail HourBarbados Rum Punch (DJ Marti Gras) . Click here.
  51. The Reggae Wedding Cocktail HourDirty Banana (DJ Sully) . Click here.
  52. The Mellow Country Rock Wedding Cocktail HourSouthern Comfort Cherry & Cola (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  53. The Space Travelers Wedding Cocktail HourAstronaut (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  54. The African Safari Wedding Cocktail HourCastle Lager Beer (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  55. The Sunset Sessions Wedding Cocktail HourMojito (Guest Blogger DJ Troy Michael) . Click here.
  56. The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 2)Scotch on the Rocks (DJ Iron Mike) . Click here.
  57. The Bar Life Wedding Cocktail Hour Margarita (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2015 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at

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